Rocky Carols by Candlelight back at the Music Bowl

VIDEO: Carols to return to the Rocky music bowl this weekend

THE lights will be twinkling and tinsel shining for the annual Carols by Candlelight on Saturday - this year held back at Rockhampton's Music Bowl.

The bowl, which had previously been shut down after falling into disrepair, will once again host the carols and Mayor Margaret Strelow said she could not be happier.

"Look, first time since 2011 we are here where the carols were born," Cr Strelow said.

"I want to stack this place (with people). I think we really need to demonstrate that we want this venue to stay as a community venue, there's nothing like it anywhere else in the region.

"This place can really just resonate with the community, with candles, with carols."

CHRISTMAS MAGIC: Mya Chambers, 7, Austin Burrows, Margaret Strelow, Melissa Fenlon, Melanie March and Cadence Wone De Rungs, 7, at the Music Bowl where this year’s Christmas Carols will be held.
CHRISTMAS MAGIC: Mya Chambers, 7, Austin Burrows, Margaret Strelow, Melissa Fenlon, Melanie March and Cadence Wone De Rungs, 7, at the Music Bowl where this year’s Christmas Carols will be held. Chris Ison Rokcxmas

Artistic director Melanie March was equally as excited, and said being able to host the carols at the venue was a huge draw for the locals.

"I have had so many excited people saying, 'Is it really at the Music Bowl?' and I'm like, 'Yes, it is'," Ms March said.

"We've got some really great performers - there are roughly about 20 with about 26-odd carols.

"We've got from teenagers all the way up to more mature people."

Gates will open at the Music Bowl at 5pm, for a 7pm start, and entry is by a gold coin donation.

The concert will be repeated on Sunday from 7pm at the Pilbeam Theatre for anyone who would prefer the air-conditioner and comfort of seating.

The Pilbeam concert is ticketed, and tickets start at $10 for children with limited seats.

All money raised will go to the Rockhampton Women's Shelter.

The carols will have an Australian Christmas theme.



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